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Poster: august_wst Date: Nov 21, 2013 7:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why do so many people have a beef with Donna?

Well you said it yourself:
"She may have hit some god awful, screeching, howling, notes from 72-74 on occasion"

The problem was it wasn't really on occasion, it was more the rule than the exception. I would dare say 80+% of the time out the jam in PITB. Now there is the popular theory that she couldn't hear herself in the monitors, but I myself don't buy it because it went on for too long for that to be true. That's not to say that she didn't have a beautiful voice and her work with JGB proves that. But I think it harmed more than helped the Dead.

And that kind of nerve jarring screech can cause a lifetime of aversion to someone with a headful of acid coming out of a spacey jam. A lifetime.